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Prince of Wales meets Nursing Times awards finalists

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His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has today visited four nurses from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust who have been shortlisted for this year’s Nursing Times Awards.

The four nurses – Abby Harper-Payne, Becky Johl, Dionne Levy and Louise Savine – will find out this evening if they have won their respective awards categories at a special event in London.

They are nominated for the following awards:

  • Abby Harper-Payne – nominated for a Rising Star Award. She works as a clinical research nurse for neurosurgery, emergency and trauma. She was nominated for her commitment, leadership and the guidance she has given to others, helping them to become better healthcare professionals
  • Becky Johl – nominated for Cancer Nursing Award. She and her team run a unique, nurse-led chemotherapy service which provides a holistic care assessment focused on meeting psychological and emotional needs of cancer patients plus an individualised assessment of side effects
  • Dionne Levy – nominated for a Rising Star Award. She is a specialist mental health midwife and was nominated for her commitment to improving the care of pregnant women and new mums with mental health problems at a crucial time in their life, helping to give their children the best start
  • Louise Savine and the tissue viability team – nominated for Technology and Data in Nursing Award. They have developed an app to allow nurses to record and share vital real time data about pressure ulcers enabling better management and prevention.

The Prince met the shortlisted nurses, as well as other nursing staff and patients as he toured two wards at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington this morning.

He visited the intensive care unit and Charles Pannett ward, which specialises in caring for patients with bowel and upper gastro-intestinal conditions including cancer.

He also received a demonstration of the new app developed by nurses at the trust to help prevent pressure ulcers.

“It was a pleasure to be able to showcase the work our nurses are doing”

Janice Sigsworth

The app was developed by specialist tissue viability nurses and the intelligence business unit based at St Mary’s Hospital.

Using data from the trust incident reporting system, the app is updated on an hourly basis giving real time data in relation to the number of pressure ulcers. It has contributed to a 37% reduction in pressure damage among the trust’s patients in 2015-16.

The data has also led to trends being identified and, in collaboration with the Royal College of Arts and Imperial College, a research venture has begun in the prevention of pressure ulcers.

Commenting on the royal visit, Professor Janice Sigsworth, Imperial’s director of nursing, said: “It was an honour to welcome The Prince of Wales to St Mary’s today and to introduce him to some of our outstanding nursing staff.

Janice Sigsworth

Janice Sigsworth

Janice Sigsworth

“His Royal Highness has been a big supporter of the nursing profession for many years and it was a pleasure to be able to showcase the work our nurses are doing to ensure the highest levels of patient care,” she said.

The annual Nursing Times Awards are a celebration of excellence in nursing and patient care, recognising the innovations that are shaping and improving nurse-led care in the NHS.

The winners of the 2016 Nursing Times Awards will be announced at a ceremony tonight at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Follow @NT_Awards or #NTAwards on the social media site Twitter for live coverage of the winners.

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